Raymond Rice, age 61, of Freeport, Illinois, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, died on Monday, November 12, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Freeport. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A memorial fund has been established in Raymond’s memory.
Raymond was born on April 20, 1957, the son of Elwin and Charlotte (Lahre) Rice, Sr. in Savanna, Illinois. He graduated from Freeport High School. After high school, Raymond immediately began working for Kelly Springfield Tire Company in Freeport. He continued to work at Kelly Tire for thirty-five years, until retiring. He was a member of the New Hope Assembly of God, Savanna. Raymond was also a former member of the Savanna Moose Lodge. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. Raymond was always on the go and had a way of making people laugh. Most of all, Raymond cherished spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandkids.
Raymond will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Nicole Mathews of Freeport and Kristina Rice of Freeport; five grandchildren, Jesse Burkitt, Griffin Mathews, Aaron Mauer, Isabella Mathews, and Gabriel Mathews; one great grandson, Rhyler Mauer; and one brother, Francis (Janice) Rice of Knoxville, Illinois. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Noelle Winters; four brothers, Elwin “Butch” Rice, Jr., Vearl Rice, Lawrence Rice and Clarence Rice; and one sister, Hazel Rice.